A wide midfielder who began his career at Rotherham. He made his first team debut for them in March 2007, whilst still just 18 years of age, in a 1-0 League One win over Brentford and appeared twice more before the end of the season as Rotherham were relegated. Jamie made regular appearances during the following season, playing a total of 20 times in League Two and scoring his first senior goals in wins over Morecambe and Mansfield to earn a contract extension. After being involved in the first half of the 2008/09 season he was loaned to Burton Albion in January as they raced to the Conference title and promotion into the EFL.
After being released by Rotherham he had brief spells with Kettering and Alfreton before joining Boston United in November 2009 and became a first team regular with the Conference North side, making 77 appearances and scoring 8 times. In summer 2011 he joined Gainsborough Trinity, immediately helping his new side reach the Conference North play-off final, where they just missed out on promotion to the 5th tier of English football. The following season saw Trinity reach the Semi Finals of the FA Trophy, narrowly going down to a Wrexham side which would go on to beat Grimsby in the Wembley final. Jamie left for North Ferriby in the summer, helping his new club to the Conference North play-offs and making a total of 50 appearances before a move back to Gainsborough. By the time he moved on to Matlock Town he had made well over 100 appearances for Trinity.
With Matlock Jamie began to take his career in a new direction by moving into coaching and he was appointed Head Coach of the Matlock Town youth system, whilst also continuing to play and helping the side to their highest NPL finish for several years. Off the pitch the youth policy was a successful one and saw several players progress into the professional and semi-professional game.
Yatesy first appeared as a player for Sheffield FC when he made his debut in an October 2017 fixture at Spalding, going on to play 24 times and scoring 3 goals. He remained an influential player during the 2018/19 campaign, adding a further 24 appearances as the side finished 4th and reached the play-offs. Unfortunately, he was forced to miss the final few games after suffering a horrible looking leg injury on a poor pitch at Pontefract, which not only ended his season but meant he was forced to sit out all of 2019/20 too.
During the summer of 2019 he left his role at Matlock Town and was appointed as player/coach with Sheffield, meaning he remained involved and could pass on his experience to the club’s young players as he recuperated from injury. Jamie is now heavily involved with our youth system with links with Maltby, Wath and Meadowhead Academies and in partnership with Leeds United. On the playing front it has been fantastic to see him back on the pitch in pre-season already and his performances have been impressive. Still only 31, he turns 32 in December, he should hopefully pick up the 2 appearances he needs to reach the half century mark and it would be great to see him go on and make many more still.
SHEFFIELD FC RECORD TO THE END OF THE 2019/20 SEASON
Debut: October 14th, 2017